By Mark Vaz at ringside
US Olympic team alternate and Framingham, MA native, Danny O’Connor had a successful homecoming Saturday night at Celtic Pride’s St. Paddy’s Day Weekend boxing show at the Dorchester Armory just outside of Boston, MA. Before a packed enthusiastic crowd of over 600 fight fans, O’Connor (5-0, 2 KOs) stopped veteran Charles Wade (4-8) in the first round with a sharp counter right hook to the temple over a lazy jab. The young O’Connor, who is promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing, showed patience as he was able to land his power shots over Wades jab.
O’Connor dropped Wade moments earlier with a body shot while Wade tried to fight off the ropes.
Midway through the first round, O’Connor connected with the counter right hook that had Wade out on his feet. This prompted the referee called an immediate halt to the contest.
In the main event, Dublin’s Patrick Hyland (16-0, 8 KOs) walked away with the IBA International super featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Nicaraguan Carlos Guevara (12-9, 8 KOs). Hyland won by scores of 98-92 twice, and 99-91
Guevara started strong by pressing the action as he kept the Irishman on the ropes for the first few rounds, pounding away to the body.
But Hyland soon found his rhythm and successfully out-boxed his aggressive opponent over ten very entertaining and fast-paced rounds.
Cork’s Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (7-0, 5 KOs) took home the AFO junior middleweight belt with a fifth round disqualification against veteran Jimmy LeBlanc (12-16) of South Boston.
O’Sullivan remained aggressive as LeBlanc seemed frustrated and unable to get off any effective punches as he settled for tying up his younger opponent.
O’Sullivan remained very composed in a difficult situation, landing hard body shots when available. This allowed referee Charles Dwyer to do his job by issuing several warnings before finally halting the fight.
Hot prospect Mark Tucker ran his record to (8-0, 7 KOs) with a first round stoppage of veteran Juergen Hartenstein (12-14). Tucker’s superior speed and combination punching set up the opening against the game German.
Local favorite MMA star Dan Conway came up short in his pro debut, losing via second round TKO against New Jersey’s Rafael Jastrzeboski (1-6-1). Conway (0-1) had Jastzeboski down and almost out in the opening seconds of the fight after throwing a continuous torrent of power punches. He seemed to punch himself out toward the end of the round, giving his more experienced opponent a chance to recover.
Still tired in the second, Conway walked into several sharp combinations. This prompted his corner to call a halt to the action.
In Other Action:
Justin Palau (1-0) scored a four round unanimous decision over Antonio Chaves-Fernandes (0-1). Scores of the bout were 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Alexis Santos (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Steve Jaegar (0-1) at 12 seconds of the third round of their cruiserweight encounter.
Nick Brinson (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Anthony Cannon (4-12) at 1:14 of round three after landing some powerful combinations on Cannon.
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